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Kirk Baird’s “Abduction of Innocence” Embraces Ambiguity

In response to Kirk Baird’s 863‑word review of Prisoners on Toledo Blade

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Kirk Baird’s “Abduction of innocence,” like its ambiguous title that fails to identify the movie in question, is an ambiguous review of Prisoners that aptly foreshadows the entirety of this murky review.

While the review is well-written, it has a marked quality of back-and-forth reasoning that isn’t at all enjoyable to read. Baird provides good descriptions of the characters, including an insightful take on one of the movie’s less talked about actors, but he goes way too far by giving away too much information.

Baird never plays to reader sympathy. Instead, he reveals plot information as though the reader has already watched Prisoners. He also delves so far into the emotional context and torturous aspects of the film that the reader may feel spent before ever watching the emotionally harrowing movie.

The pop-up advertisements and poor quality Prisoners’ picture on the web-page don’t improve the review’s status or readability either.

This review brims with a gray style of analytical banter that feels ready-made for post-watching debate. If this review is an extended metaphor for the ambiguity the writer claims Prisoners admirably maintains, then he’s done a great job of addressing a tiny audience. On the other hand, for most readers who want more than a movie review driven by ambiguity, Baird fails to deliver.    

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